Emotion trumps sense

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Senate debates lack logical perspective

We need a new State Question. Instead of, “Red or Green?” it should be, “How’re we gonna pay for that?”

It’s the question that hangs over legislative committee hearings and chamber debates. And yet, even in a year with no money to spend, there’s still room to air philosophical differences. 

Take a slice of Senate floor debate, for example. 

We see the photo of another cute little child who died at the hands of a parent. Who wouldn’t look at his face and think, something’s got to be done. And that’s how many a bill enters the race to become law.  

Sen. Mary Jane Garcia’s bill directs the state Children, Youth and Families Department to coordinate a study on child abuse and the services available using programs at New Mexico Highlands and New Mexico State universities. Garcia, a Las Cruces Democrat, is a courageous, seasoned lawmaker, but I have to ask: Another study? Don’t we already have the answers? 

We know alcohol, drugs and the economy play a role. We know most people make lousy parents when they’re too young for the job and that some people shouldn’t be parents at any age. We know poverty is sometimes a factor, although abuse happens across the tax brackets. 

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